William Burroughs was born 95 years ago today. King Junk, as Dennis Cooper once called him. Kerouac’s Old Bull Lee, Van Sant’s junkie priest, cyberpunk godfather, punk ancestor, and benevolent spirit to many more. Above is Van Sant’s “Do Easy,” a short film adapted from Burroughs’s essay of the same name. It ends here:
That’s DE. How fast can you do it and get it done?
“All right” Earp tells him “You can hit a circle four inches square at six feet can’t you? all right take your time and hit it.” Wyatt flattens himself against a wall calling out once more “Take your time, kid.”
(How fast can you take your time, kid?)
Van Sant, who cast Burroughs in Drugstore Cowboy and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, also filmed the author reading his “A Thanksgiving Prayer:”